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by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT - It was a week that the Red Wings would like to forget.

After pretty good efforts against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals with just one point to show for it, the Wings were not nearly good enough against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday at Little Caesars Arena, a 4-1 defeat.

The loss snapped a seven-game home point streak against Vancouver (5-0-2).

The Canucks got two goals from Sven Baertschi and a goal each from Derek Dorsett and Jake Virtanen to improve to 4-3-1.

The Wings fell to 4-4-1.

1. Lack of effort: The Wings didn't really have an explanation for having a lackluster effort against the Canucks. They did not play the night before and had given good effort in every other game this season. In the end, they let the Canucks have 37 shots on goal while managing just 21 themselves. That included an 18-6 shot discrepancy in the second period. The Wings also only had one power play in the entire game, when former Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek was called for hooking Trevor Daley at 13:33 of the third. The Canucks had a shorthanded shot on that power play and the Wings had just one shot with the man-advantage.

Quotable: "It was a brutal effort. I thought it was an embarrassing effort, not even close to the level of competitiveness you have to have. We should be embarrassed of ourselves, from me at the top all the way on down. We got out-competed, out-worked, out-detailed. We said at the beginning of camp, if we're going to separate ourselves, we got to separate ourselves by outworking teams, out-competing teams, out-detailing teams. We got out-competed, out-worked, out-detailed. Every facet of the game." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

Quotable II: "It was a bad game today. It felt like we were in between the whole game, maybe not from the start but from the second on. It was bad. We weren't crisp enough, we didn't execute on passes, we didn't win our battles. So we got to be way better than this." - Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg

2. Anthony Mantha : When Mantha gets a little space, his shot is dangerous. Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom found out the hard way at 18:28 of the first. Mantha accepted a pass from Gustav Nyquist and sent a laser of a shot top shelf past Markstrom, at the time tying the game at 1. Mantha tied captain Henrik Zetterberg for the team lead in goals with four. Mike Green also got an assist on the goal, giving him 10 assists in nine games and 11 points overall.

Quotable: "I didn't think we played nearly good enough in the first. I thought we got out-competed and didn't have enough emotion in the first and then we came out in the second and laid an absolute egg." - Blashill

3. Scott Wilson: Wilson did not have much time to get to know his new team before playing Sunday night against the Canucks. He arrived in Detroit in the afternoon and Dylan Larkin picked him up at his hotel to bring him to the game. Wilson played on the fourth line with center Luke Glendening and Luke Witkowski. Wilson had 13 shifts for 9:28, had two hits, a face-off win and was even.

Quotable: "I think I'm going to actually get an opportunity. Having spent a couple years in Pitt and with that lineup, it's tough to get ice time and stuff. I'm very thankful for the years I had there with winning and stuff, but I just want to help the team; I'm hoping this is the one." - Wilson

Quotable II: "It's a hard night for him. It's hard because he's not comfortable yet. He played fine. He certainly wasn't any issue. We'll evaluate as we move forward." - Blashill

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